A pageant-style reading of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight: A contemporary adaptation by Ron Pullins
Name: A pageant-style reading of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight: A contemporary adaptation by Ron Pullins
Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST
The tale of Sir Gawain is a medieval epic of dying and renewal, winter and spring, death and birth, and reveals the code of medieval chivalry and honor that emanates from a benevolent nature. The Green Knight is life -- harvested but renewed. The cycle in this work begins and ends on the winter solstice. In that darkest time of the year, nature rejuvenates itself. In that rejuvenation is hope beyond death. Pagan gods as well as Christian ones have drawn from this deep well of nature?s power and mystery.
To spare the life of his beloved king, Arthur, the noble Sir Gawain accepts a wager from a green giant, which entails exchanging a little head-chopping: first Gawain to chop off the green giant?s head, then, the following year, it will be Sir Gawain?s turn to put his own head under the ax. Of course complications ensue between first chop and last.
Ron Pullins, playwright and publisher, has adapted Sir Gawain and the Green Knight into a modern play. The original is a medieval romance poem written in Middle English. It is a unique and powerfully raw Celtic story. This is a beautiful poem of seasons and life in medieval times, of honor and duty, and romance and temptation and the cycle of nature.
This adaptation is based on a 1917 translation and is pleasingly modernized, maintaining the sense of the far-away and romantic air of the original Anglo- Saxon tale depicting Celtic notions of nature and change with an added sense of mischievous amusement. Pullins has retained an element of pageantry in the work, and allowed for audience involvement ? to come dressed in the style of the times, and to respond as part of the chorus.